Fed­er­a­tion: Ovechkin skated hurt

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - STEPHEN WHYNO

Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals star Alex Ovechkin fin­ished the play­offs play­ing through a lower-body in­jury that re­quired pain-numb­ing in­jec­tions.

The Rus­sian Hockey Fed­er­a­tion an­nounced the in­jury Thurs­day, say­ing Ovechkin would not be able to play at the world cham­pi­onships in Europe be­cause of it. A per­son with di­rect knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion con­firmed the in­jury and treat­ment to The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the team hadn’t an­nounced it.

The Cap­i­tals cap­tain made no men­tion of an in­jury dur­ing the play­offs. Coach Barry Trotz is ex­pected to ad­dress all team in­juries at his post-sea­son news con­fer­ence Friday.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear when Ovechkin was in­jured or how se­verely. He did not miss a game but briefly left late in the first pe­riod Game 5 of the first round af­ter clutch­ing his knee fol­low­ing a hit from Toronto’s Nazem Kadri, re­turn­ing for the start of the sec­ond.

Ovechkin had five goals and three as­sists in 13 play­off games. He has played at the world cham­pi­onships 12 pre­vi­ous times.

PA­TRICK SMITH, GETTY IMAGES

Alex Ovechkin skates off the ice in Game 7 Wed­nes­day.

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